Barkin' Dog Duathlon - DuathlonStandard

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Denver, Colorado
United States
Racing Underground
50'sF / 0C
Total Time = 1h 22m 48s
Overall Rank = 24/433
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 3/34
Pre-race routine:

This was a pretty low priority race for me. The previous week I had a few tough workouts so I knew I was going into this one mildly fatigued. But even so I wanted to do well. The weather wasn't supposed to be very nice so I rode my 808's with Continental tubs. If I knew it was going to be as nice as it was I would've ridden the 1080/Disc combo I have and put Meg on the 808's.
Event warmup:

A very abbreviated jog as we were kind of behind.
  • 18m 8s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 05m 50s  min/mile

Went out with the lead group. Schubert and another guy immediately gapped us. Hit the first mile marker in 5:43 and thought "That's probably a little fast", just went with it though as I was hanging with this lead pack and not feeling bad at all. Mile marker 2 came in well under 12 minutes as well. Still felt good and pushed the small hill that led back to transition.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I'm happy with the first run
Transition 1
  • 00m 52s

Got to transition, threw my helmet on, and pulled my bike off the rack. The racks were so low I had to rack my bike by the brakes. In doing so I pulled the cable out of my SRM. Other than that transition went fine.
What would you do differently?:

Rack by saddle, but had no choice in the matter
  • 43m 42s
  • 18.64 miles
  • 25.59 mile/hr

Got out out of transition and immediately noticed no rolling numbers on the SRM. The only data I had was date, time, and air temp. I grabbed the cable and saw it was disconnected. To reconnect it I would've had to stop and reattach. Chose not to do so and just go by heart rate and perceived exertion. Dunkelberger came by me and I sat up for a second to get out of the draft zone and let my HR come down a little bit. After my heart rate settled I put in a big effort, went by him and put a lot of time into him before the turnaround. The only two people left were Kevin Weed and Schubert. I got Kevin at about 12 miles but couldn't put any significant time into him. Headed into T2 and thought I really need to rock transition to keep my position.
What would you do differently?:

Not much. My bike fitness feels good right now. Held over 25mph so I can't complain. HR was a little low, but I think that's due to the previous week's training and overreaching a little bit.
Transition 2
  • 00m 38s

Just tried to be quick as possible here. Still could stand to be faster.
What would you do differently?:

  • 19m 30s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 06m 16s  min/mile

Felt fine and got my running legs under pretty quick, but I knew I was gonna be significantly slower on the second run. I was having to concentrate pretty hard to keep from slowing down any more than I already was. The pace actually felt like short 7's and not the short 6's that it was. Kevin pulled on me at the first mile marker. I tried to go with him, but was unable to sustain.
What would you do differently?:

Better pacing throughout the race would've helped better in the final run, but not a big deal.
Post race
Warm down:

Didn't really warm down. I should have done a cooldown jog and stretched, but I was waiting for my wife to come in and didn't want to miss it.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Low priority/train through race

Event comments:

I'm really happy with this race. I went almost 5 minutes faster than last year. Both running and cycling has improved significantly and this was a good early season test. I wish I had my power data, but oh well. May have been able to go little faster had I rode my disc and 1080. The tires glued on those has a pretty significant lower CRR than the Conti's. My wife (hotrodmeg) kicked some serious bootie with 2nd place in AG, and less than a minute off of first. I'm super proud of her!

Last updated: 2009-04-25 12:00 AM
00:18:08 | 03.11 miles | 05m 50s  min/mile
Age Group: 6/34
Overall: 47/433
Performance: Good
Avg HR: 171 Max HR:177
Course: Both running legs will follow a similar route. The course is flat and fast over paved park roadways, and paved multi-use paths.
Keeping cool Average Drinking
Time: 00:52
Overall: Average
Run with bike? Good
Jump on bike? Good
Getting up to speed and into shoes: Good
00:43:42 | 18.64 miles | 25.59 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/34
Overall: 13/433
Performance: Good
Avg HR: 158 Max: 176
Course: The bike course is a fun gently rolling out and back course over paved park roads, and on the paved Cherry Creek Dam Road.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: low
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 00:38
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:19:30 | 03.11 miles | 06m 16s  min/mile
Age Group: 10/34
Overall: 53/433
Performance: Good
Avg HR: 169 Max HR: 171
Course: Both running legs will follow a similar route. The course is flat and fast over paved park roadways, and paved multi-use paths.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4